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Since you all loved my Primer Edit post, where I basically talked about every primer I had and what they do etc, I thought I'd do the same with my foundations. Just for reference, I have quite dry skin and I'm extremely pale, I don't suffer with spots or oil. All of the foundations I'm talking about are high end, so if you're in the market for a new pricey base this might be the post for you. Oh, you might be here for a while as well...

Marc Jacobs Full Cover Concentrate - £37.00
The most high coverage and funnily the most expensive. I got this from Harrods (online,) who now stock the whole Marc Jacobs beauty range! I made an entire post about why this is my holy grail foundation and a lot of you seemed to be lusting over it, I assure you it is 100% worth the price tag. This is a high coverage foundation and amazing for bad skin days, there's nothing this won't hide. Despite the heavy coverage it doesn't look at all cakey, nor does it emphasize or effect my dry skin, which is very very rare with high coverage bases. When applied, it looks pretty dewy but as its blended and settled into the skin, you're left with quite a natural looking finish that's not too matte. I have the lightest shade and it's a perfect match for me. This is just flawless airbrushed skin in a bottle, just make sure you moisturize and prime if you do have dry skin like me, I actually use the matching coconut primer from Marc Jacobs underneath this, the coconut water makes it hydrating enough to keep this on my face all day comfortably, without caking or feeling tight. I also swoon over the packaging every time I use it, the applicator is so unique and innovative, the heavy glass bottle and silver accents make it look as expensive as it is. I always apply this with a damp Beauty Blender, or my Beauty Blender sprayed with a hydrating mist. 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk - £37.00
This is such a well known and over hyped foundation from my point of view, yes it's nice, it's good, but it's not a staple for me and I wouldn't re-purchase. It's not very luminous or silky at all, in fact I find this makes my skin look quite dull and tired most of the time, it gives an almost matte finish that isn't silky at all. The coverage is medium which is perfect for me, but it's not very dry skin friendly. I find that I need a lot of product to get a decent and even cover, and sometimes it ends up looking very 'too much make-up on' like. If I have any redness, it won't cover it so I have to use extra concealer. It's a real hit and miss dependent upon which primer I've used and how my skin is on the said day. I apply this with a damp Beauty Blender and I'm pretty sure half of it stays in there...And when it's not being dry it's being sticky, almost too dewy that it's not nice, I find it hard to get my powder on top because the bristles just stick to my face!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation - £36.00
One of the newer additions to both the beauty world and my stash, and this one actually does what it says on the tin. I totally trust Chanel base products, I'm yet to find something I don't love, and this didn't disappoint. This is a light to medium coverage foundation that will give you a natural looking faux healthy glow, although not completely dewy once settled and blended, it still looks luminous and really brightens my skin. This is a great one for dull skin that needs a bit of umpfh, especially since we're heading into Summer. Again I have the lightest shade, (10,) but I could do with it being even lighter to be honest, I still need to check for 'that' mark with this and blend it down my neck. It works well with my dry skin even if I haven't used a particularly hydrating primer, and of course it has that gorgeous signature Chanel foundation scent that I adore, it's very refreshing. I don't even really need under eye concealer with this. I've had similar foundations in the past that give a dewyish finish but end up emphasising pores or sliding off the skin in certain areas, but I haven't experienced either with this (so far.)

Givenchy Photo Perfexion - £34.00
Oh em gee this must of been made by God himself, ice never seen ANYONE talk about this stuff and I think you should all have it, I got this on a complete and utter whim without knowing anything about it, it was actually recommended by the assistant on the Givenchy counter. This is the only foundation I didn't do research on before buying, and rightly so, everything about it is perfect, I can't rave about it enough, it really is perfection. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this, nothing, and that's a real statement. Perfect medium but buildable coverage, amazing subtle scent, amazing staying power, great colour match, brightening, a little hydrating, everything. If I had to use one foundation for the rest of my life, it would be this without a doubt.

Givenchy Eclat Matissime - £34.00
Another star from Givenchy, this was a breakthrough for me. Dry skin + matte foundations = not a match, and usually should be avoided, not the case here. I can't believe this actually works for me, and so well too, in fact I'd go as far as saying it's one of my favorites. This will give you a light coverage of matte magic, although matte it still makes the skin look radiant and healthy, with zero cake or dryness. Of course, it's matte so the staying power is unbeatable- I never set this with powder but with a make up setting spray.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua - £33.00
An oldie but a goodie, focus on the word 'aqua,' here because this foundation is as weightless and water like as it gets. I've already re-purchased this and it was my holy grail for such a long time, I can't quite express how much of a flawless finish this gives. First of all, it feels like absoultey nothing on the skin and it's really hydrating, second of all, a little goes a long way because it is so thin and watery (in a good way.) The finish is very natural as you guessed, extremely 'your skin but better,' like and despite it being light coverage, it really perfects the skin and evens it out amazingly. And of course, it has that signature Chanel foundation scent that just adds a little extra umpfh. I apply this just using my fingers usually, and I don't need any concealer as long as I have no hormonal blemishes popping up. I always set this with powder, usually a loose powder- but the glow and dewyness from the foundation still pokes through and gives an airbrushed look.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser - £29.50
This is my 'taking the dogs out,' 'popping down the doctors,' base of choice, for when I don't want to be wearing make-up but I still want my skin evened out and a little more perfected. For a tinted moisturiser, this gives great coverage and it being more moisture based, it's ideal for dry skin types. Yes it's pricey for what it is, but the bottle is pretty huge, it's lasted me a year and it's only half way through. Again, it lives up to it's name, it most certainly makes your skin look radiant and dewy- the perfect light Summer base for those with non problematic skin. I always feel like my skin is juicy when I wear this.

Too Faced Born This Way - £29.00

Definitely another case of bloggers made me buy it, but rightly so. This claims to be medium to full coverage that's undetectable on the skin. Some people really love this and others hate it, I fall in the middle, I just like it. I don't like the way it looks when first applied, but I love it once it's properly blended in and properly settled into the skin- I usually use a light layer to get a medium coverage. It gives a very soft focus finish, it almost makes my skin feel a little bouncy. A lot of people with oily skin really love this foundation, but I have dry skin and funnily enough it works amazingly for me. The only fault is although you can't see it so much on the skin, I can certainly feel it, it feels like you're wearing a high coverage foundation, and I prefer my face to feel light and comfortable, y'know so my pores can like, breathe.

Make Up Forever Ultra HD - £29.00
The newest to my stash, I literally reviewed this just two posts before this one and you can read the full review here. It's very much a rave review, thank you to all fellow beauty bloggers for making me buy it.


Next on my radar is the Mac Studio Sculpt foundation, I've never tried a MAC foundation as I've always seen them as 12 year old girls who wear the wrong shade and wrong type kind of product, but recently I've been hearing good things! Let me know if you have any high end foundation recommendations that you think would suit dry skin!

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